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Red Hat Virtualization (formerly Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, broadly known as RHEV) is an enterprise level server and desktop virtualization solution. Red Hat Virtualization also contains the functionality of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktop in later editions of the platform.You don't know Virtualization until you've tried RHEV!It's currently being used across the organization - it includes all the enterprise-grade features for a less overall TCO as compared to something like VMware's offerings. It's easy to use, manage, and provision and has rock-solid reliability. It's backed with the best support in the industry and uses KVM Virtualization under the hood which is used all throughout the industry by some of the top names (AWS and Rackspace to name a couple).,Base licensing includes H/A and Live Migration features (you don't have to pay extra for them like VMware). It's all completely managed through a WebUI - no fat client you have to install. Very easy to use, manage, provision, and upgrade.,It's definitely come a long ways from what it used to be and is certainly a lot easier - the initial setup/configuration used to be quite difficult but really isn't anymore. Better support and third-party integration for backup, snapshots, and restore of VMs like VEEAM for VMware - this is my only complaint. There are companies that offer solutions for RHEV however they're very limited and can be pricey. I think some improvement can be made for deploying micro and cloud services through RHEV.,10,It has had an extremely positive impact on my overall business and has allowed me to utilize and leverage it as an offering to my clients. It's an extremely solid, robust, and reliable product built off of KVM Virtualization technology. Less expensive solution than VMware and includes more features!,,Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Adobe Acrobat DC, LibreOffice, Adobe Business Catalyst, Cisco ASA, IBM Notes, Cisco Catalyst, Suse LinuxRed Hat Enterprise Virtualization to simplify your workflowThis was used in an organisation which I was working for, using a client-server architecture. This led to a more consistent environment and prevented *snowflake* desktops, which could be hard to diagnose issues on and provide support for. This also increased security and ultimately ended up saving a significant amount money for the company.,Standardisation where provisioning the environment became repeatable and predictable. Easier debugging and understanding the client system. Improved security and centrally managed.,Ran into a regression when updating firmware for IGEL Desktop froze and became non responsive on a few occasions. Server crashed and took down all the clients in the Thin setup.,7,Positive effect in that it saves money on support and debugging client machines. Faster to fix bugs and debug user issues.,Amazon WorkSpaces,AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDBRedhat - Virtualization well doneIt is currently being used in our department and we will be making the switch soon from VMware which is currently deployed. It is a really efficient VDI solution and we may end up using it for more departments prior to full enterprise wide deployment. So far it has been really reliable and easy to use with its control via the Web UI and no need for an installed application.,Extremely reliable Easy to maintain in regards to upgrades RedHat has done a great job for added customization Open-source so has to be awesome Great end-user experience Well done on the Live migration,Saw minor issues during first boot and configuration of VM's I doubt its a con but you need decent Linux skills to work with this Could improve and make more user-friendly in terms of UI,7,Replacement costs are high for employee PC hardware and such a product has helped cut down costs and will continue to do so once deployed across more departments Increased availability and manageability,VMware ESXi, VMware Fusion, Ubuntu Linux, Suse Linux, Qualysguard, Rapid7 NeXposeRHEV is worth a try if you like open-source softwareI am working as a Consultant, so I usually advise other companies in terms of virtualization solutions and implement them. RHEV is usually used at our customers for providing an open-source based virtualization stack which is very similar to virtualization systems they already have (e.g. libvirt and KVM nodes). Therefore the learning curve is really low when RHEV is introduced to them.,Providing Virtualization services Migrating VMs from other virtualization stacks to RHEV Providing open-source based VDI Providing a GUI for KVM Providing HA virtualization,Native Ceph implementation is still missing Only few software-defined Storage solutions are supported as storage backends VM management (with virtual hardware, first boot etc.) is a bit fiddly,8,RHEV can be implemented within few days, meaning it is up and running very fast Documentation is very good, so there is a small learning courve It might take a long time until old VMs are migrated from proprietary virtualization vendors,Kernel-based Virtual Machine,Docker, GraylogRHEV up your environmentWe use RHEV across the organization from RND all the way down to our customer support operations. Every level has their own requirements and expectations from software and its use, RHEV provides the organization with a scalable virtualization platform that answers more of todays needs than competitors. We host systems for companies wanting a cloud based solution and the performance from RHEV is right on par with what our needs are.,RHEV can acquire user and group information from an Active Directory service without a great deal of confusing configuration. RHEV management is browser-based and can be accessed from any platform. Online Snapshot capability, provides a better redundancy than vsphere.,Hot Swappable functionality could be improved upon. Template importation from external sources. Better database synchronization when implemented.,9,RHEV has provided a positive ROI as our customers are not experiencing as many outages during maintenances. We have not experienced any catastrophic failures as a result of vsphere losing connection to the ntp. There has been a level of stability in our environment that was not previously experienced with our previous vendor.,vSphere,vSphere, Hyper-V, XenServer
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Score 8.2 out of 101
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December 13, 2017

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "You don't know Virtualization until you've tried RHEV!"

Score 10 out of 10
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It's currently being used across the organization - it includes all the enterprise-grade features for a less overall TCO as compared to something like VMware's offerings. It's easy to use, manage, and provision and has rock-solid reliability. It's backed with the best support in the industry and uses KVM Virtualization under the hood which is used all throughout the industry by some of the top names (AWS and Rackspace to name a couple).
  • Base licensing includes H/A and Live Migration features (you don't have to pay extra for them like VMware).
  • It's all completely managed through a WebUI - no fat client you have to install.
  • Very easy to use, manage, provision, and upgrade.
  • It's definitely come a long ways from what it used to be and is certainly a lot easier - the initial setup/configuration used to be quite difficult but really isn't anymore.
  • Better support and third-party integration for backup, snapshots, and restore of VMs like VEEAM for VMware - this is my only complaint. There are companies that offer solutions for RHEV however they're very limited and can be pricey.
  • I think some improvement can be made for deploying micro and cloud services through RHEV.
I believe it's an excellent solution for any scenario which requires virtualization. The only scenario where it might not be the best solution would be in building out a cloud infrastructure - you could certainly integrate RHEV for something like that but I think that either OpenStack or CloudStack might be a better solution for building cloud environments.
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March 19, 2018

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to simplify your workflow"

Score 7 out of 10
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This was used in an organisation which I was working for, using a client-server architecture. This led to a more consistent environment and prevented *snowflake* desktops, which could be hard to diagnose issues on and provide support for. This also increased security and ultimately ended up saving a significant amount money for the company.
  • Standardisation where provisioning the environment became repeatable and predictable.
  • Easier debugging and understanding the client system.
  • Improved security and centrally managed.
  • Ran into a regression when updating firmware for IGEL
  • Desktop froze and became non responsive on a few occasions.
  • Server crashed and took down all the clients in the Thin setup.
  • Well suited for very large organisations with a wide variety of departments.
  • Less useful for a single group of developers where the command line is mostly used.
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February 09, 2018

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "Redhat - Virtualization well done"

Score 7 out of 10
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It is currently being used in our department and we will be making the switch soon from VMware which is currently deployed. It is a really efficient VDI solution and we may end up using it for more departments prior to full enterprise wide deployment. So far it has been really reliable and easy to use with its control via the Web UI and no need for an installed application.
  • Extremely reliable
  • Easy to maintain in regards to upgrades
  • RedHat has done a great job for added customization
  • Open-source so has to be awesome
  • Great end-user experience
  • Well done on the Live migration
  • Saw minor issues during first boot and configuration of VM's
  • I doubt its a con but you need decent Linux skills to work with this
  • Could improve and make more user-friendly in terms of UI
If you're looking for a reliable open-source VDI solution then this maybe the product for you and your organization, the live migration and exceptional end user experience are really well done. Its other features such as USB support, efficient desktop pooling, snapshot features, load balancing and many more are implemented in its competitors as well but are better managed here in my honest opinion.
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September 12, 2017

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "RHEV is worth a try if you like open-source software"

Score 8 out of 10
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I am working as a Consultant, so I usually advise other companies in terms of virtualization solutions and implement them.

RHEV is usually used at our customers for providing an open-source based virtualization stack which is very similar to virtualization systems they already have (e.g. libvirt and KVM nodes). Therefore the learning curve is really low when RHEV is introduced to them.
  • Providing Virtualization services
  • Migrating VMs from other virtualization stacks to RHEV
  • Providing open-source based VDI
  • Providing a GUI for KVM
  • Providing HA virtualization
  • Native Ceph implementation is still missing
  • Only few software-defined Storage solutions are supported as storage backends
  • VM management (with virtual hardware, first boot etc.) is a bit fiddly
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is well suited for IT departments which use open-source software already and want to rely on an enterprise virtualization solution which is very similar to the tools they already know.

In addition, RHEV fits in very well to environments already containing other products from Red Hat.

IT departmens with high performance needs should avoid RHEV in some scenarios.
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March 30, 2017

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "RHEV up your environment"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use RHEV across the organization from RND all the way down to our customer support operations. Every level has their own requirements and expectations from software and its use, RHEV provides the organization with a scalable virtualization platform that answers more of todays needs than competitors. We host systems for companies wanting a cloud based solution and the performance from RHEV is right on par with what our needs are.
  • RHEV can acquire user and group information from an Active Directory service without a great deal of confusing configuration.
  • RHEV management is browser-based and can be accessed from any platform.
  • Online Snapshot capability, provides a better redundancy than vSphere.
  • Hot Swappable functionality could be improved upon.
  • Template importation from external sources.
  • Better database synchronization when implemented.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has provided the flexibility we need to offer a highly reliable and scalable cloud solution to our customers. As one of the leading security providers in the world, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization will deliver unparalleled experience to our customers as we embark on a new shift in operations. Our organization has just shifted focus to provide a more robust offering and we were not able to do so without RHEV. There are still some instances where vmware has redhat beat purely due to their maturity in the space.
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February 29, 2016

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "RHEV is a great option as an open-source hypervisor!"

Score 7 out of 10
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RHEV is being used to implement an open-source hypervisor (KVM) with an easy-to-use front end for our customers. Our organization is exploring the feasibility of using it to deploy to multiple external locations in order to make management of VMs easy for remote administrators. It has a very well documented Python API, which makes automation easier to implement.
  • Automation integration
  • Migration of VMs from one physical host to another
  • Support for open-source community projects, such as Gluster, Cinder, and Glance
  • Product Q&A, regression testing, bug fix turnaround
  • Standardization of deployment between the baseline products (e.g. stand-alone vs. appliance should support same configuration options)
  • Improve WebUI navigation
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) is well suited for environments where skilled Linux/Python engineers are available to help configure, install, and deploy it. The majority of the back-end of the product is written in Python and when issues arise, engineers will need to parse log files generated by Python. It is not well suited for Microsoft Windows only shops.
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February 23, 2016

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "Make way for RHEV"

Score 10 out of 10
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RHEV is used as a one stop solution for virtual environments due to it being part of the RedHat distro.
Business problems that come with this is the costs associated with the implementation of such a solution.
  • Any issues/bugs with RHEV can be fixed by using bugzilla to get in contact with RH support. The support is fantastic and a reply is usually given fairly quickly.
  • Integration into RedHat distro is seamless as it is already baked into it's kernel.
  • Support for OpenStack allows for more customization with VM templates and advanced network configuration management.
  • I would like to see more cloud automated solutions with RHEV with kickstarting nodes without external assistance with tools such as cobbler/foreman.
  • If the above cant be done, then more compatibility or support for other open source tools.
RHEV is most suited in any situation that requires VM management. If you work with openstack then using RHEV would be something to look at since it does have support for it.
It might be less appropriate if you are just needing to save cost. However, using something like oVirt (similar if not the same as RHEV) would be better even though it would take a little more work to use oVirt as oVirt is not baked into the kernel.
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February 23, 2016

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Review: "RHEV is great for KVM"

Score 8 out of 10
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we are using RHEV as a replacement for VSphere as a cheaper and better integration with KVM
  • Integrate with KVM
  • Python API is easier
  • integration with puppet and cobbler
  • better documentation on issues
  • Faster patch releases
  • better integration with OVA
Well suited for a Linux based deployment utilizing KVM and needing a web interface. Most useful for people wanting to use an API to act against the hypervisor
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Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Virtual machine automated provisioning (6)
9.0
Management console (6)
8.7
Live virtual machine backup (5)
7.6
Live virtual machine migration (6)
8.7
Hypervisor-level security (5)
9.1

About Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

Red Hat Virtualization (formerly Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, broadly known as RHEV) is an enterprise level server and desktop virtualization solution. Red Hat Virtualization also contains the functionality of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktop in later editions of the platform.

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